The number of outstanding restaurants in Spokane can sometimes make deciding where to eat an overwhelming task. Many places have been around for years and are now cherished favorites for Zags, while others are new to the Spokane community, providing fresh dining experiences that shouldn’t be missed. 

From award-winning pizza places, weekend brunch spots, healthy options and top-notch comfort food, Spokane really does have it all. Here’s a list of five all-time favorite dining spots that students must try before walking across the stage at graduation: 

Kalico Kitchen is well known by the Spokane community for its enthusiastic love of the Zags. The front entrance is decorated with Gonzaga memorabilia, painted red and blue and plastered with signatures.

The menu offers classic brunch favorites. For breakfast, patrons can find Eggs Benedict, hot cakes, waffles and omelets. It is famous for crispy hash browns and freshly squeezed orange juice served in a special glass.  

For lunch, it offers Angus burgers, hot and cold sandwiches and wraps. All are served with a hefty portion of soup, salad, fries, onion rings or a fruit cup on the side. 

Patrons can also get a lot of bang for their buck with affordable prices and specials. Budget conscious brunchgoers can try the “Pancake Special,” including two pancakes, two pieces of bacon or sausage and an egg for $8.49. 

Kalico Kitchen is a family-owned restaurant that has been serving the Spokane community for 16 years, and has become a timeless tradition for GU students, faculty and staff.

This classic brunch spot is located just a few blocks from campus at 2931 N.  Division St. and is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., except on Sundays when it opens at 7 a.m.

It’s hard to name a food more comforting than a hearty bowl of soup. Zags can feel right at home at Soulful Soups and Spirits, a favorite for delicious soups, salads, beer bread and cookies. 

Except for Soulful Soups and Spirits’ house soups — tomato basil and beer cheese ­— the menu changes daily. According to its website, the crew makes about 20 to 30 different soups a week. 

“Spicy artichoke and spicy mac and cheese I would say are our most highlighted soups. My personal favorite would be the spicy beef taco,” said Justine Didier, the daytime supervisor at the downtown restaurant. 

Soulful Soups and Spirits even accommodates dietary restrictions by thickening soups with cornstarch, so most of the menu is gluten free. A variety of vegan and vegetarian options are also rotated.

This cozy restaurant is most well-known for its famous freshly baked beer bread. For visitors looking for something to chew on, the menu includes croissant sandwiches and made-to-order salads.

Soulful Soups and Spirits is located 117 N. Howard St. and is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Don’t forget, students who present IDs at checkout will receive a free slice of tasty beer bread. 

Bruncheonette puts a unique southern flair on breakfast that can’t be missed. What started as a food truck in 2016 is now a brick-and-mortar restaurant located near Kendall Yards on 1011 W. Broadway Ave.

“Bruncheonette is my favorite place because the food is always good,” said GU senior Erin Frohnapfel. “It’s comfort food with a twist and they’re always updating the menu to get new things.” 

The restaurant offers dishes like biscuits and gravy, bacon sticky buns and verde hash served with queso fresco cheese, cilantro, verde salsa and two eggs on top. Customers enjoy choosing from three kinds of hot sauces that pair well with any of the hashes. 

“My go-to is definitely the chicken & waffles and it’s always good,” Frohnapfel said. “The chicken is super crispy and goes with the waffles perfectly.”

With comfort food this good, you’ll feel right at home. Bruncheonette is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. Weekends are first come, first serve. 

Health conscious eaters can find colorful, plant-based foods at Method Juice Café, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Method is home to self-proclaimed “health addicts,” conveniently located near campus and now accepts Bulldog Bucks. 

For breakfast, you can treat yourself to a “Decadent Acai Bowl,” topped with banana, strawberries, granola and more, or try the avocado toast. For lunch or dinner, Method offers “Superfood Salads” that pair perfectly with a variety of freshly squeezed cold press juices. 

“Method offers a healthy yet delicious menu,” said Koryn McCall, store general manager. “We are totally plant based and use fresh produce to make all of our menu items.”  

According to its website, Method uses 100% organic ingredients, so customers can be confident they are consuming healthy foods. 

Method’s vibrant and upbeat atmosphere makes it a perfect place to enjoy a rejuvenating smoothie while studying. One can’t go wrong with the “Authentic Smoothie,” which is bright yellow and made with coconut milk, banana, orange, pineapple and vanilla.

Method has two locations, one downtown at 718 W. Riverside Ave. and one at 7704 N. Division St. Method is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

For five out of the last six years, The Flying Goat has won the Inlander’s Best Pizza Award. With credentials like this, there is no doubt that The Flying Goat is one of GU students’ favorite restaurants. 

Tucked away near Audubon Park, The Flying Goat offers classic Neapolitan style pizza with a twist. The menu offers unique options such as pizza topped with barbecue pulled pork, yellow coconut curry and cooked eggs. The strategy is that each time a customer visits the restaurant, there is always something new to try. 

The most popular item on the menu is the “Kiernan Pizza,” featuring a creamy white sauce base with a cooked egg in the middle, Italian sausage and truffle tossed arugula salad. 

But it’s not just the award-winning pizza that makes the Flying Goat a favorite. 

“The Goat is really popular and successful because it has a neighborhood feel, tucked away in a neighborhood, a very welcoming atmosphere and just a very authentic staff,” said manager Brandon Hare. “We wanted to be that neighborhood pub feel and people could come in and feel like it is an extension of their own homes.”

The Flying Goat is located at 3318 W. Northwest Blvd. It is open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cara Konowalchuk is a staff writer.

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